Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011, 4 P.M.

Armed woman arrested in police standoff

A woman armed with a handgun and accused of threatening her husband was arrested after a police standoff early this morning in northwest Spokane.

Rhonda R. Thompson, 49, was described by her husband as extremely agitated and combative" when officers arrived near 2500 W. Houston about 3:30 a.m.

The man said Thompson was highly intoxicated and was threatening him with a handgun, police said.

Police spent more than an hour trying to get Thompson out of the home. She was arrested without incident, and a firearm was found in her bedroom.

She's due in Superior Court this afternoon on a felony harassment charge.

"Domestic violence calls for service are consistently dangerous and unpredictable. Most parties are emotionally involved and require the patience of responding officers to diffuse the situations," according to a police news release.  "Fortunately, in this morning's incident, both the involved parties and the officers safely walked away from a potentially life threatening situation."




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